Developing a pedagogical space for novice supervisors

This is a guest post by Dr Matthew Sillence, Lecturer in Postgraduate Education and Training, Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of East Anglia. Matthew teaches on the Masters in Higher Education Practice. The University of East Anglia has run a Masters in Higher Education Practice (MA HEP) for many years. This provides a route …

publishing during candidature: advice from candidates to supervisors

This is a guest post by Dr Shannon Mason Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at Nagasaki University and Dr Margaret Merga, Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. It presents the learning for supervisors drawn from some of their recent research into doctoral publishing. Follow their research in the space of publishing in …

coaching PhD researchers supports their sense of progress, and reduces intention to quit.

This blog post is written by two Danish researchers and academic developers, Mirjam Godskesen, affiliated with Aalborg University, and Sofie Kobayashi, affiliated with the University of Copenhagen. Both work as private consultants, coaches, and teachers and researchers in higher education. Based on a project on coaching PhD students at Danish universities, they studied the effects …

rekindling joyful writing

 Dr Matthew Cheeseman (@eine) and I have create a video-blended workshop, ‘Writing Without Discipline’, and we are giving away the materials. In developing this workshop we wanted to introduce creative writing concepts to researchers working in any and all disciplines, as a way to support people who felt tense, anxious, about writing, or had fallen into …

postdocs can’t supervise!

This post is reproduced from the original here, with kind permission. Institutional and sector pressures on the doctorate, on doctoral supervision, and on academic practice, have increased in recent years, and supervision is just one element of academic practice in an increasingly high demand ‘all-rounder’ academic role. Supervision, and the supervisory relationship, is often described as …

Community Acuity (18) Learning to supervise – a two-way conversation

‘Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students. This is a guest post by Dr Rob Pilling, Thesis Mentor and Associate Supervisor, Chemical and Biological Engineering. As I waited to meet my first actual Thesis Mentee, I was conscious that they …

Community Acuity (16): It pays to be focused and specific when it comes to choosing a PhD topic

‘Community Acuity’ blog posts are from supervisors, to supervisors. They share the thoughts, experiences and reflection of the highs and the challenges of supervising doctoral students. Dr Parveen Ali is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Sheffield. Entering into a PhD programme is a big commitment and certainly a step …